Composting for Newbies

A great Zero Waste effort is composting because it takes organic waste and gives it new life! Composting may not be fun for everyone, but it is certainly worth a try! Composting cuts down on the dependence for landfills. I currently do not compost, but I will get there! For now I am learning more about it, so I want to share with you the information a local farmer provided my family. What Is Compost? Compost is nutrient rich soil formed from decomposing organic matter. It is a great additive to gardens and enriches pre-existing soil. The act of composting is a form of recycling; you are taking waste, aiding it through the decomposition process (composting), and then reusing the compost to grow new life for new plants or crops! When you compost, you are essentially speeding up the decomposition process by adding water, soil, worms, and you also mix up the matter to allow more air […]

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The Myth of Recycling

The idea of recycling is great! Someone comes to collect our recyclables, or you have to drop off your materials at a center, and then the centers will do all the work to make the products good as new again! Incidentally, that is not how it works. Recycling is not the perfect solution we think it is. Let us examine what about recycling makes it a bit of a myth.   Inconsistencies in Recycling The first thing to understand is that recycling is a for-profit business. Furthermore, the buying and selling of recycled materials occurs so businesses can generate a profit. Recycling centers try to sell the materials they collected from us to other companies. If companies do not want what the recycling centers have to offer, the recycling centers do not generate revenue. The centers need to make room for new or different materials that will bring in money, so they discard the unwanted. The demand for certain […]

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Virgin Plastic: Why New Is Not Better

Virgin Plastic and Why It Is a Problem Virgin plastic is brand new manufactured plastic. The problem with virgin plastic is that we already have way too much plastic produced. We also have no true recovery system for it. There is so much plastic in existence that we do not know where to even put it. You might be wondering, “What about recycling?” Click here to learn more about the myth of recycling! As much as I dislike plastic because of its harmful synthetic chemical composition and its dangerous effects on the environment and its inhabitants, I have to admit that the general idea of plastic is genius. The density, color, size, shape, quality, can all be determined by manufacturers. Plastic is durable and cheap to make. Astoundingly, plastic defeats us in the quest for eternal physical life on Earth. Plastic sounds like a magical solution, doesn’t it? Right now, can you imagine […]

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Misleading Product Labels

Misleading Product Labels We trust them implicitly yet they often mislead us. Thus creating a false sense of good deed for consumers! Here are two example of misleading product labels. Example # 1 First, take a look at the picture above. There is an exception to the “100% Recyclable” statement. The exception, as the tiny font disclaimer (that many people may not even notice) suggests, is that the cap and label itself are not recyclable. The product in its entirety is not 100% recyclable like the labels initially leads us to believe. Moreover, consumers need to throw away a portion of the bottle for the remaining portion to then be considered 100% recyclable. It may not seem like a big deal, but it is. This method of advertising misleads us. We see 100% and think, “Awesome! 100% is the best percentage! A+!” It creates a false sense of good deed for consumers; We are doing the environment justice by throwing away […]

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